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Hollywoodbets Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade B)

  • Prize money: £44621.85
  • 3m 4f 40y
  • 13 runners
  • Win time: 8m 16s
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Hollywoodbets Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade B)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.30
  • Place: £2.80

Form: /76-57 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Former smart novice who won the Drinmore in 2017; off for 13 months before producing a bright display in the Paddy Power, and while he was unable to match that in the Thyestes, he didn't run badly and stayed on late; the step up to this sort of trip could well bring out the best in him and he should go well.

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2nd

3

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 40y

14:10 Punchestown

Death Duty

11st 1lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Gordon Elliott

Won this event off this mark last year, accounting for several of these rivals, including stablemate Coko Beach; closely matched with Coko Beach on running in this season's Troytown; made a bad mistake the 12th in the Paddy Power and was pulled-up; same mark as last season, each-way chance with useful 5lb claimer.

6/1

13

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Death Duty

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, bad mistake 12th, soon pulled up

14/1

3rd

10

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Death Duty

11st 2lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual Grade 1 winner back in 2017 doesn't operate at that sort of level nowadays but still capable of popping up in a decent staying handicap chase, as shown when landing Punchestown Grand National Trial off just 2lb lower last season; came down at the last when looking as though he was staying on to finish fourth or fifth in the Munster National last time; player.

16/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 50-8P1

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Ex-Nicky Henderson gelding made no show in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown before improving greatly to get up late in a Navan beginners chase last month; every indication that a test of stamina is what he wants and looks the owner's first string here.

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7th

2

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 70y

16:33 Cork

Champagne Platinum

11st 11lb

J: Luke Donnelly

T: E Bolger

Pulled up in the National trial at Punchestown last month but he had bounced back to form winning over hurdles on his penultimate outing and he handles this ground; feasibly treated on old form.

8/1

9

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Champagne Platinum

10st 12lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: E Bolger

Won a beginners' chase at Navan two years ago, his only success from 17 starts over fences; that profile is not encouraging, but he looked in good shape when winning a handicap hurdle at Gowran last month; now 5lb lower than when fourth in this race 12 months ago.

8/1

4/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 3P-331

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Winning novice hurdler for Joseph O'Brien; overcame a bad mistake at the last to land a beginners chase at Fairyhouse last month; has a touch of class and a very interesting runner here if he stays this trip.

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10

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Floueur

11st 1lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Rebecca Menzies

Unpredictable over the years for several different stables; easily best effort this season when going down narrowly at Doncaster (3m, soft) in March but was beaten 41l at Uttoxeter on Midlands National day; unconvincing.

66/1

5th

4

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Floueur

11st 9lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Rebecca Menzies

Was looking on the downgrade but bucked up his ideas and went close two weeks ago at Doncaster (3m, soft); whether he'll be as good again (off 4lb higher) remains to be seen and others are more intriguing.

40/1

Form: 7-46P6 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Last year's Thyestes winner ran a solid race in trying to repeat his victory in this year's renewal last month; has yet to show that he stays extreme distances though and that is an obvious negative here.

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11th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Coko Beach

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Stays 3m4f; career-best form in major handicaps this season, including over these fences when second in the heavy-ground Becher, before winning his cross-country debut (3m) in February; handicapper has responded but chief headache for backers is what he did in the last two Grand Nationals, as he disputed the lead long way but ended 66l adrift on first occasion and pulled up on second; may need a different tactic.

22/1

1st

1

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Coko Beach

12st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, pecked on landing 2nd, disputed lead from 15th, led clearly after 18th, going easily after 2 out, soon pushed along, ridden briefly run-in, pushed out, comfortably

11/8

Form: /71-4U C

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Went up 13lbs for winning a 3m1f handicap chase here at the end of 2020; managed a respectable fourth behind Smoking Gun on seasonal debut in the Porterstown Chase after almost a year off; in touch when unseating in the Paddy Power; solid stayer and one for the shortlist.

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5th

8

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 40y

14:10 Punchestown

Stones And Roses

10st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Not much of note in his form since winning off a 9lb lower mark here in late 2020; fifth to Death Duty when favourite for this race 12 months ago; remote ninth behind Diol Ker on final start last season; 66-1 when pulled-up after a bad mistake three out on his reappearance in the Paddy Power.

16/1

20

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Stones And Roses

10st 5lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

Not much of note in his form since winning off a 9lb lower mark at Punchestown in late-2020; 66-1 when pulled-up after a bad mistake three out on his reappearance in the Paddy Power; second reserve.

26

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Stones And Roses

10st 9lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

soon led, headed but prominent 12th, weakening and towards rear when bad mistake 3 out, pulled up after 2 out

33/1

Form: 31-30P CD

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Gamely justified favouritism in this race last year off an 8lb lower mark; just a shadow of his best in three starts this year; difficult to know what to expect but hard to fancy on recent evidence.

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5th

5

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

The Big Dog

11st 5lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Peter Fahey

Opened this season with wins in two major 3m handicaps; sometimes jumps rather ponderously, including on the first circuit when good third in the Welsh National (soft) in which a blunder two out handed the upper hand to two rivals; fell two out at 33-1 in Irish Gold Cup latest, when disputing the lead so running a big race, but moving up the weights since is a negative to add to his fall.

14/1

7

4th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 44y

15:05 Leopardstown

The Big Dog

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

prominent, not fluent 11th, pressed leaders 4 out, led narrowly 3 out, fell 2 out

25/1

3rd

1

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

The Big Dog

12st 0lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Peter Fahey

Blundered at the ninth in this last year and had a mishap with his tack, so was pulled up; 3m4f win at Punchestown (soft) that February had made him look tailor-made for this test and he's roared back better than ever this season with major 3m wins on soft when ridden prominently in the Munster National and the Troytown; slow over many of his fences last time but looks sure to have a big shout if he can stay near the pace.

6/1

Form: 43-420

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Very little went right for him in the Paddy Power at Christmas, but showed here in November that a trip is probably what he wants; could go well here if getting a bit more luck in running.

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0

4

30th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

15:45 Uttoxeter

Alfa Mix

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Ben Haslam

prominent, lost ground 4 out

25/1

1

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 127y

Class 3

16:05 Perth

Alfa Mix

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

0-13 over fences for Gavin Cromwell and made that 0-14 when pulled up on his debut for Ben Haslam; could be happier back over hurdles (2-7) and potentially on a perfectly fair mark.

20/1

1

21st Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

16:00 Wetherby

Alfa Mix

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Ben Haslam

0-13 over fences for Gavin Cromwell and well beaten in December when last seen, but he's been placed several times and the betting could be informative on his first run for Ben Haslam (remains in same ownership).

12/1

Form: 86-363

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Decent staying novice hurdler last season; solid third in a beginners chase here in November on his return but has not built on it yet; step up to this trip is likely to suit and could be an interesting runner.

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12

6th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

16:45 Catterick

Torygraph

11st 12lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Mrs S Fanning

Talented under rules in his heyday and placed in points on several occasions in the last two seasons; however, he's been unable to win a point in that time and there's a suspicion he'll be vulnerable today.

12/1

3rd

2

26th Jul 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

19:25 Perth

Torygraph

11st 11lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Gordon Elliott

led, reminder after 12th, not fluent 4 out, soon headed and pushed along, dropped to last and struggling after 3 out, tired when jumped left 2 out, tailed off

9/2

11

16th May 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

19:30 Killarney

Torygraph

10st 8lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gordon Elliott

33/1

Form: U415/P

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Quite a useful staying novice two years ago; showed little on his return to action over a trip short of his best at Limerick in December; best watched.

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7th

2

22nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 6f 121y

Class 3

14:40 Perth

Jimmil

11st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

5th

3

17th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 50y

16:35 Down Royal

Jimmil

11st 0lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

Quite a useful staying novice chaser two years ago; well below his best in two runs since returning from a long spell on the sidelines; not suited by the race conditions; cheekpieces on for the first time.

20/1

9th

11

13th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 4f 40y

14:40 Punchestown

Jimmil

10st 9lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Gavin Cromwell

Quite a useful staying novice two years ago; showed little on his return to action over a trip short of his best at Limerick in December; best watched.

33/1

Form: 37-3PP

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Ran up a hat-trick of successes over hurdles and fences in late 2020; pulled up on his last two starts here and at Wexford last year and hard to fancy on that basis.

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8th

10

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 40y

14:10 Punchestown

Notice To Close

10st 1lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Seamus Neville

Four-time points winner, three-time winner over racecourse fences, most recently when battling well to beat Angels Dawn over 2m7f here on New Year's Eve; went up 5lb for that and ran another sound race when third here five weeks ago.

9/1

3rd

4

15th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 150y

15:10 Punchestown

Notice To Close

11st 12lb

J: Mr M J O’Connor

T: Seamus Neville

Three-time winner over fences, most recently when a game winner over 2m7f here two weeks ago; up 5lb for that and the attitude he showed last time gives him a chance of following up.

13/2

1st

8

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 7f 40y

12:47 Punchestown

Notice To Close

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Seamus Neville

briefly led, raced in second from 1st, joined leader 4th, left in lead and hampered by loose horse before 5th, reminder before 4 out, joined and pushed along 3 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on well run-in, reduced lead final strides, just held on

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 8-2008

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Good comeback run over hurdles at Thurles in October has not really been improved upon; ran better that his finishing position in a Pertemps Qualifier at Leopardstown in December and back over fences now for the first time since October 2020; others preferred.

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5

20th Aug 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 80y

15:20 Killarney

Doctor Duffy

11st 3lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

towards rear of midfield, bumped first turn, ridden before 3 out, pulled up quickly after 3 out, fatally injured

14/1

5th

4

6th Aug 2022

Good

3m 1f 0y

18:55 Kilbeggan

Doctor Duffy

11st 0lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

midfield, pushed along and went third on outer after 2 out, soon ridden, no extra and lost two places inside final 110yds

14/1

3rd

5

1st Aug 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

17:08 Cork

Doctor Duffy

11st 0lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

raced in last, not fluent 2nd, not fluent 9th, ridden after 4 out, went third after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon no impression, no match for first two

16/1

Form: 2320P-

Last run: 288 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Promising staying novice last season; second in the Porterstown at Fairyhouse before down the field in Irish Grand National; not seen since pulled up in a staying handicap at Punchestown in May; others preferred.

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8

13th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 4f 40y

14:40 Punchestown

Brace Yourself

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

Promising staying novice last season; second in the Porterstown at Fairyhouse before down the field in Irish Grand National; not seen since pulled up in a staying handicap at Punchestown in May; others preferred.

25/1

19

27th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 0y

15:05 Gowran Park

Brace Yourself

9st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Beat Mister Fogpatches in a 2m4f beginners' event here last season before 13l second in the 3m5f Porterstown Chase at Fairyhouse; down the field in Irish Grand National; pulled-up in Punchestown event won by Mister Fogpatches on final start; first reserve.

Form: 241122

Last run: 77 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

In good form in the first half of the season; recorded back-to-back victories at Ballinrobe and Gowran Park after being fitted with cheekpieces and was a shade unlucky not to make it three in a row when beaten only a head at Galway; outstayed by Smoking Gun over 3m5f in the Porterstown Chase; good chance here provided the ground does not get too testing.

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10th

3

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

The Dabbler

11st 12lb

J: Mr P W Gleeson

T: Liam P Cusack

Dual chase winner returned to form at Limerick last time; dropped 2lb and can be involved if ready enough after a break.

5/1

3rd

2

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:20 Limerick

The Dabbler

11st 5lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: Liam P Cusack

Out of sorts on last couple of starts but showed a bit more zest over hurdles when outrunning his odds (80-1) in a Thurles novice latest; ease in grade back over fences here affords him a nice opportunity to keep the forward momentum going.

5/1

3rd

10

17th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

15:10 Thurles

The Dabbler

11st 4lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: Liam P Cusack

Won twice over fences two seasons ago; out of form as a chaser at present; failed to make an impression in a handicap hurdle at Ballinrobe in August; makes little appeal against younger in-form rivals.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta €733.00
Straight Forecast €897.00
Tricast €6919.30
Trifecta €5090.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Death Duty

RP Ratings (IRE):

Floueur

TOPSPEED:

Coko Beach

The Irish Sun:

The Dabbler

POSTDATA:

Death Duty